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Efes Pilsener - Anadolu Efes Brewery

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455 Ratings

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anadolu Efes Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of Byeast


3.85/5  rDev +24.6%

This pilsener poured clear gold , with a soapy white head of half an inch. The pilsner glass was coated with fat bubbles that rose quickly. The aroma is of bready and honeyish malt , some green and grassy/hay and herbal like hop , and fresh grains. The taste is pleasantly malty. Nice focus on fresh grains , slight straw , grassy hop and slightest bit of pepper in the dryer finish. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp with a dry finish. A very pleasant and drinkable pilsener brewed in the german style. Nice grain flavors.

09-22-2006 05:22:33 | More by Byeast
Photo of Hibernator


3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

EFES Pilsner
11.2 oz brown bottle
TZZ jet ink on the back label
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light golden yellow with mini carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the pilsner glass. Spotted trails of lace cling to the glass.

Light nose with whiffs of grains, sugars and sweet malts.

Sweet and grainy flavors with a smooth mouthfeel. Crisp and clean with an apple juice sweetness mixed in. Baby hop snap on the finish.

A middle-of-the-road German pilsner.

09-16-2006 00:06:46 | More by Hibernator
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.6/5  rDev -15.9%

Lightly flecked yellowish gold with slow tiny bubbles and quick large ones ascending to a rich ivory cap that looks pretty good right after the pour. It holds its own long enough to earn a little respect and deposits an attractive, wide band of pocked lace just below the top edge of the glass.

Interesting (since the bottle is made of brown glass) that I smelled 'eau de skunk' on crown cracking. Unfortunately, it hasn't completely faded now that I've gotten around to actually sticking my nose over the glass. The hops are grassy more than they are any other characteristic that's usually attributed to nobles. I've smelled a whole lot better.

Efes Pilsener is fairly well-balanced with a slight nod toward hops. Trouble is, pils oughta favor hops by a wide margin as far as I'm concerned. Frankly, it tastes like a slightly more hoppy than usual Euro pale lager. And I do mean slightly. To the grassy of the nose, I'll add musty. I was hoping for spicy or citrusy or something that could be considered a positive development.

The finish doesn't favor hop bitterness or hop flavor. It's a trifle sweet and lacks anything at all that would get one excited about the next mouthful. I really have no quarrel with the body/mouthfeel since it's medium in a general sense and has enough bubbles to get by.

I hate to greet a new beer with preconceived notions, but I didn't really expect a Turkish brewer to nail the German Pilsener style. Efes Pilsener is a barely respectable effort that might suffice if drunk fresh in an Ankara beer bar, but it leaves a lot to be desired at this particular time and in this particular place. Give this one a pass.

09-03-2006 21:15:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Pale yellow. Uh-oh. Some decent head with OK retention, but it leaves sticky trails behind in abundance. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, malty and somewhat herbal.

T: Sweet at the front (with a hint of raisins) and had a very mild hop bitterness at the end. Slightly more complicated than your basic beer-flavored beer. It has a very clean finish, with almost no aftertaste at all. Just a slight bready and raisiny taste left behind.

M: Very light, very crisp.

D: This doesn't taste like Budweiser, so leave that bias behind when you try it for the first time. It's not a pilsner Urquell, either, but that's not a bad thing. It's better with food, as the clean finish doesn't overwrite whatever you just took a bite of, but the sweetness of the beer complements the bite pretty well. Goes great with light, spicy food, like potato and chick pea kofte, or a Turkish pilaf with dried fruit in it. Do I ever crave Efes? No, but if I'm in a Turkish restaurant, I'm glad it's on the menu. It's solid. Not spectacular, but solid.

08-30-2006 00:26:57 | More by rarevos
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2.3/5  rDev -25.6%

This is what it is: a Turkish macro. That phrase sums up all of the problems with this beer, and should keep expectations low. It basicall looked like Budweiser and tasted like a watered down Heineken except with a metallic aftertaste. Not really worth drinking for any reason other than to say that you've had a beer from Turkey.

08-27-2006 15:36:26 | More by WMBierguy
Photo of scruffwhor


2.78/5  rDev -10%

Pours a golden hay with some par bubbling. Crisp aroma of carbonation and pale malts. But still adjuncty in both aroma and taste. Lots of grassy malts in the mouth mixed well with lots of carbonation in the palate . A little dry at times but pretty easy to drink. Perfect for a baseball game.

08-13-2006 04:04:42 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of jwc215


2.85/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured into a pilsener glass...no freshness date.

Poured straw yellow with quite a bit of carbonation and a thin white head that became barely a whisp. It left a some small amount of lacing.

The smell was of some grassiness - not much else.

The taste was of some oily, faint grassiness and watery thinness.
Some adjuncts came through. Nothing much stood out.

The feel was somewhat thin, but on the refreshing side. Somewhat clean, despite slickness.

Overall - nothing especially good - nothing especially bad... a mediocre brew.

08-11-2006 03:29:30 | More by jwc215
Photo of stcules


1.53/5  rDev -50.5%

Golden blond color, few carbonation, not so big foam, average.
In the smell a light malt note, and clearly perceptible, rice. Some cooked vegetables, also.
The taste is on the same line.
Quite dry, after all, but beside that, definitely avoidable.

07-29-2006 08:36:27 | More by stcules
Photo of Drew966


3/5  rDev -2.9%

Efes Pisener pours a light golden color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Aroma is very mild, no off smells. Fairly light, but a nice kiss of hops near the finish. I'm not offended, which is better than I expected. Easy to drink, this would probably be a decent session beer. Worth a try, definite improvement on b/m/c for sure.

07-26-2006 02:22:13 | More by Drew966
Photo of ridedammit


4.1/5  rDev +32.7%

A and I were at a new (to us) beverage store in Union Square, and came across this beer. I am more of an ale drinker, but with the insane heat of this summer I was willing to druink something a bit more refreshing. Fortunately we chose well.

The beer is a nice golden color, very clean like one would expect. The smell is acutally what sold me on the beer. It has a very mouth watering malt aroma that
hits you as you take a drink. For a lagered beer, this had a great deal of body and mouthfeel, most lagered beers that I try are a bit thin (thus my preference
to ales).

Not sure why other reviewers did not enojoy the malty aroma, but to each ones own, eh? I really enjoyed the beer, but I agree with Jason, the lack of info on the bottle is kinda strange. Not too many beers in the US that come from Turkey, they should have a little something about the brewery, or the beer. Of course that could just be the bottler or importers fault.

A good pils, much better than some of the "true" pils that come from bohemia.
Especailly refreshing while trying to beat the heat with no AC

07-25-2006 16:56:03 | More by ridedammit
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3.78/5  rDev +22.3%

The good thing about this beer is that there is nothing to critisize. What's wrong with the beer is that there is nothing really outstanding about the brew. It's a simple pilsner malt brew with Euro-hops which contribute an earthy, dirty flavor and character. The malt profile, yet simple, is solid and firm, yeilding a creamy, bready, yeasty character that is uninhibited by much off-flavoring. Yea, it has a grain flavor, but it is mild, subdued, and masked by a pleasant creaminess. Finishes mildly crisp and light--just slight of clean. A good beer for a pizza or bratwurst.

07-22-2006 03:33:11 | More by BEERchitect
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3.43/5  rDev +11%

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear straw yellow coloration. The beer has light carbonation. The head was thin and off white no staying power.

Smell: The beer doesnt have alot going on in the nose. There is a bit of earthy hops and grain.

Taste: The taste is far better than the smell. The beer has a nice bready maltyness. The maltyness combines with some grassy hops and a bit of spicyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The beer has crisp carbonation. The beer is easy to drink. Who would have thought a beer from Turkey would be so nice.

06-19-2006 04:33:12 | More by nlmartin
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Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

This beer has been significantly improved in last decade. Bland and uninspiring in mid-90s, it finally emerged as a decent rival of big international brands. It also has become international, sold and served in countries very distant from Turkey.

Pale golden color suggests dry character and doesn't deceive you. Aroma gentle, hoppy, with some malts and herbs present. Crown modest but stable. Nice lace.

Start a bit spritzy, body slender and firm. Clear, crisp, with carbonation a bit higher than may be expected. Taste is well-balanced, on the dry hoppy side. Aftertaste hoppy with a hint of malts.

Not a bad beer at all, and with some additional improvement it can become a really good one.

06-15-2006 08:41:57 | More by ernie
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3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours out to a light yellow color with a fluffy white head of foam. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of grass, hops, sour grain, light malt. Taste was rather bland and unexciting; light hops and grass mix with sweet grain and a slightly dry malt. Mouthfeel was kind of watery and a touch flat. Drinkability borders on average. Better examples of the style are readily available.

06-15-2006 00:58:37 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of scooter231

New York

2.4/5  rDev -22.3%

This is not horrible. But it's not good, either. It's better than Bud, but not by much. The nose is boring but not offensive. Taste is decidedly bready and toasty, grainy, and cheerio-like. Weird. Mouthfeel is odd and a bit watery, but enough bubbles to not drain the score too much. Meh, good but not great, bad but not horrible. Okay.

05-24-2006 08:03:46 | More by scooter231
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%

This is rather like a better, inexpensive version of Scrimshaw from North Coast. Not really my mug of beer as far as pils go but this will fit the bill when I'm in the mood for a malty lager.
Smells and tastes almost minty. Malts dominate the flavor profile; hops show up more as an agent to dry up the palate than as flavor, though there are herbal and floral notes. There are some deep, toasty notes in here. Buttered whole wheat or multigrain toast, maybe. Some roasted lemon juice is in here too.
More carbonation would make this more refreshing. This wasnt what I was hoping for but it's pretty interesting.

05-17-2006 02:00:46 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.4/5  rDev +10%

Sickly pale gold in hue, why so damn insipid? There is no reason a beer should have this (lack of) color. Small white head, at the apex the foam was one finger tall and the bubbles quickly faded to a soapy cap. There was some spotty, unorganized lacing. For what it is, this is a decent looking beer.

The nose is a tad messy, sweet maltiness is louder than the spicy, slightly earthy hops. Boring nose, my first impression was that this beer is really a Euro Lager and not a true Pilsner. Maybe the nose is misleading me, as such I can’t call it inviting even though there is nothing inherently wrong with the bouquet.

I suppose the nose didn’t lie to me, the palate is a messy Euro Lager that has Pils qualities. I find it too earthy, too lemony, and then way too sweet. I want my Pils to be crisp; this is kind of malty and mushy. Even though I find it a tad disjointed this is flavorful and likable. And yes, it is straightforward and simple but I can’t complain.

About medium in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting for the flavor profile.

Plenty drinkable, I could happily drink this with fish or a burger or after a round of golf. All in all, this is a nice beer and it is growing on me the more I drink it. I still find it messy but even in its disorganized fashion I don’t mind it. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA. Try one.

03-29-2006 16:11:07 | More by bditty187
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2.75/5  rDev -11%

11,2 ounce green bottle- blue, white, gold and red label.

Pours into the glass a pale straw color with a short-lived fluffy white head. Lace is minimal.

Smell is a faint hops with a hint of skunk thrown in for good measure.

Taste is rather subdued, light even. Flavor reminds me of an american macro or two I won't name. Not exactly what I would have expected for the style.
Not in line with Uber-Pils or other well done Geman Pilseners.

Disappointing at best.

03-28-2006 23:37:03 | More by EvilKeith
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3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that falls quickly but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There's almost no malt aroma there - possibly a hint of Saaz hops, but very faint - most of the aroma is skunked. Very skunked. The flavor is crisp and clean with some slight spice and hint of caramel, but the skunking is there as well. The body is very light and the drinkability would probably be better if not for the skunked character.

03-24-2006 15:37:20 | More by clvand0
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Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

A clean light yellow/pale straw colored beer. Has a big foamy white head and some good lace. The aroma starts with a light sour grassy character with a hint of lemon in the background. There is a soft biscuity grain flavor with a hint of lemon again on the finish.

03-08-2006 18:55:01 | More by ybnorml
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3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz can brought back from Turkey

A - Color is light clear gold. Produces quite a large head of yeasty foam. Head dissipates after a minute and does not leave a lot of lacing.

S - Aroma of light hops and something (corn?)

T - It has a good balance between the malt and hops and has more flavor than the aroma would suggest. You’ll have to wait a bit to find the malt sweetness hops have normal bitterness for a pilsner. There is a distinct aftertaste of grassy hops. As the beer warms to 50 degrees the sweetness comes through stronger

M - Good clean mouthfeel. Though I’m drinking it without eating anything I’m sure it would hold its own with food.

D - It didn’t strike me as outstanding but it was refreshing and clean well balanced and I would look forward to drinking it again.

02-13-2006 22:08:36 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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2.42/5  rDev -21.7%

Appearance: An aggressive pour gives me a brief 1/4" of head that didn't last but a few seconds. There are some bubbles rising through the crystal clear pale straw liquid, but they don't manage to maintain the head.

Aroma: A bit of corn-like vegetal aroma along with some Pilsner malt. There are a lot of esters from the yeast that is odd for a Pilsner. The hops are very light, and one that I don't recognize.

Taste: The taste is really grainy also. I get a bit more hops in the flavor than the nose, but still they make an unusual contribution. There isn’t much but this grainy malt in the beginning and the middle of the flavor profile. You get a taste of the hops somewhere in the middle, and then it fades to let the malt run the show in the finish. The finish is a bit dry and well attenuated, with only a tad of residual sweetness to linger for a minute or so after drinking.

Opinion: This is not my favorite Pilsner. It is very oddly adjusted, so the flavors don't really meld. It tastes like there is an adjunct addition that is very out of place, and has no business here. Overall...it is drinkable, but not great.

02-02-2006 23:09:08 | More by SkeeterHawk
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1.75/5  rDev -43.4%

Very pale , flat no head . Suggesting this is going to be dull.
It smelt of stale tank water an tasted like stale malt infused water.
It had no crispnes or sharpness at all No hops were discernible.
It felt oily and soft in the mouth.
A disppointing beer , given that a cold crisp ale would go magnificently with , the standard Sydney Road fare of bread , dips lamb and salad. This was ordinary

11-05-2005 08:54:35 | More by jarmby1711
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4.1/5  rDev +32.7%

This is a very pleasing beer and I am not a fan of pilsners in general.

An Afghani man turned me onto this one some time ago and it has since become one of my favorite beers for paring with Mediterranean or central Asian cuisine.

Appearance: light and effervescent, crisp and clear, plenty of running bubbles and a thin lasting lace. Translucent golden in color.

Smell: Crisp, frsesh citrus rind, mostly lemon. Pepper and mint.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mmm… Very healthy body for a pilsner, sweet malts bring a honey front smoothness and a healthy dose of hops leave a crisp, bitter, herbal lemon finish. Some grassy or grainy residue.

Drinkability: Through the roof, especially with slightly spicy food. Well balanced.

09-29-2005 20:18:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.58/5  rDev +15.9%

I am sampling a chilled bottle that my pal and BA Stopper brought over last nite. I pour into a pint glass and the beer is ultra light gold color with just a hint of fizzy bleached white head foaming up. The head fades pretty quickly and leaves little evidence of its presence.
The aroma of the beer is husky grain and general sweetness, kind of caramelly but also like cane sugar.
First sip reveals a lite bodied average carbonation beer. The beer is crisp and clean and generally refreshing.
Flavor starts off rather sweet and sugary but not overwhelmingly so. Rolls to a lite grainy malt and ends with just a hint of spicy hops.
The beer is decent and better than I anticipated upon pouring. I could drink several of these and not get tired of them. PRobably very nice on a hot day!

08-25-2005 22:10:14 | More by sulldaddy
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